Our programs and services open doors to new opportunities.
Empowering People to Live Life without Limits
At UCP of Sacramento and Northern California, our mission is to provide programs and services that improve the independence, productivity, and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Each month, UCP works with 5,804 people in our eight-county area, empowering children and adults who – without support – would be isolated from their community.
Roy was born in 1924 with cerebral palsy, and raised in the small town of Perth, North Dakota. He could walk but needed assistance from his brother and sister on snowy days. His sister (my mother) was devastated at 8 years old when hearing a neighbor say “people like that don’t live very long.”
2020 has been filled with inconveniences for all of us. COVID-19 has limited our ability to travel, shop and visit with friends, and it’s forced us to rethink the way we go about our days. For individuals with developmental difficulties, it’s added another hurdle to a life already filled with challenges.
Is COVID19 getting in the way of your social life? Do you love visiting relatives in San Francisco? Have you watched all four seasons of Riverdale in one week to fend off the home-bound blues? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you have a lot in common with Kris O’Keefe, a student at American River College and a volunteer at UCP whom I had the great pleasure of interviewing.